From: Philippe Verdy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Jul 26 2006 - 06:24:18 CDT
From: "Doug Ewell" <email@example.com>
> The domain name in his examples was "example.com". Anything beyond that
> is up to him. And unless he's already rolled out his site/s, he can
> change it/them however he likes with no compatibility problems.
No, "example.com" is documented in RFCs and belongs to no one (or more exactly it was reserved permanently for the maintainers of the RFCs by IANA now part of ICANN); this domain name was used here as intended to create an example, without refering to anyone, for use in other RFCs, in user documentations or for the default configuration of softwares that can't work or start, or even be configured without a valid domain name setup. It's better to use it, instead of trying to invent some other terms that may be owned by someone for different use. (some sites or software use "yoursite.com" or "yourdomain.com" without wondering if the domain exists, and this unexpected referal is a bad choice.)
Similar domains reserved by IANA: "example.net", "example.org", "example.edu" (because they are also used in RFCs to provide similar examples).
Note that the name part "example" is not reserved by IANA/ICANN in each ccTLD (each ccTLD has its own list of reserved terms, documented in their own usage policy, even though many of them reserve the name of internet protocols, and some of them may preempt some names that become of general interest), or in some specialized TLDs with severe allocation restrictions and not under control of IANA or ICANN ("example.mil" and "example.gov" are such unallocated but non-reservable domain names).
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